Entry updated 11 August 2018. Tagged: Author.
(1915-2005) Canadian-born US author, winner of the 1976 Nobel Prize for Literature, and generally thought of as the premier Mainstream novelist of his generation in the US. Some of his books distantly resemble sf, specifically Henderson the Rain King (1959), a picaresque partly set in a quasimythical African kingdom. Mr Sammler's Planet (1970) has been wrongly annexed as sf by several commentators, who perhaps relied on the title alone; in the novel mankind's reaching of the Moon, and the establishment there of a Utopia, are matters which occur only in conversation. [JC]
born Lachine, Québec: 10 July 1915
died Brookline, Massachusetts: 5 April 2005
works (highly selected)
- Henderson the Rain King (New York: Viking Press, 1959) [hb/]
- Mr Sammler's Planet (New York: Viking Press, 1970) [hb/]
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